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Don't forget the Olympic coverage begins today on BBC One at 1pm.


Hello and welcome to our Sunday morning edition of The Papers.


With me are Political Commentator Vincent Moss, and Prashant Rao,


Deputy Europe Business Editor from the International


The first day of Olympic action features on most of the front pages.


The Telegraph has an image of British swimmer Adam Peaty


who has broken the world record in the 100m breaststroke.


And it's lead story says the Prime Minister will launch


The Observer also has a photograph of swimmer Adam Peaty but leads


on a warning from scientists that a key climate target may be missed.


The Sunday Times says the Rio Olympics has been rocked


by a new doping scandal involving a Kenyan official.


The Independent speculates that the Russian team


will be completely banned from the Paralympics -


a decision we are expecting this afternoon.


And it carries a picture of a Syrian refugee competing in Rio.


The Sunday Express leads on fracking, reporting that


according to a consultation due out tomorrow as much as ?10,000 could be


And the Mail on Sunday has the same story, saying the Prime Minister


is planning cash pay-outs to families, marking


a departure in approach from the previous government.


So let's begin with fracking. The mail on Sunday has, will you hit the


frat pot? Stunning pay-out to families in fracking areas. And it


has Theresa May's cash pay-outs. This is an interesting story. It's a


great headline, "Frackpot". It's important for Theresa May to be


spelling out what she's doing an energy policy particularly with the


hiatus of Hinkley Point and the nuclear drive. What's happened is


the government are trying to spell out that to try and ease some of the


residential fears of people who live near the sites, not the dangers but


this anti-nimbyism view, instead of the money going to councils, it


could go direct to householders. David Cameron said in 2014 it would


go to community projects, Theresa May said instead it will go directly


to households. If you live near one of the sites you could get up to


?13,000, says The Mail. Inside The Mail it looks that certain areas


such as Manchester where you may only get ?1000, it really is a


postcode lottery. It reminds us that we have got a new government. We are


finding out new things and new policies. Exactly. This is Theresa


May's theoretically going to make this policy announcement soon. We


are learning things about how we'd would have lent in a leadership


election but we didn't have a leadership election for the Tory


party. She sent a lot of time at the Home Office but that was a focused


portfolio. It's interesting to find out things now. The United States is


obviously a much bigger country but is there the same kind of green


anti-fracking protests, and does paying money to local people help


ameliorate that? To a certain extent it does. The Mail refers to this


about the fact that in the United States, it has changed the debate on


fracking. There are also environmental concerns about


providing money to households, which lessens the opposition. It has


changed the debate in the United States where fracking is a bigger


provider of energy. Let's move on to The Sunday Telegraph. It's got May


to lift ban on grammar schools to promote social mobility, that is


their take on the story. This has been talked about, the Conservatives


have said this for a long time. The catch is, if you have selection


there is always winners and losers. Some people go to excellent grammar


schools, under the old system some people went to secondary moderns


which weren't very good. A lot of this is about investment. The world


has changed, it is a hugely popular issue among conservatives grass


roots. We live in a different world to when these schools were hugely


popular and very successful, certainly by those who benefited by


them. In areas like Kent where you have a lot of these schools,


families move into the area inflating house prices, they also


get private tutors to make sure they pass the relevant exams. There is an


argument that to expand grammar schools now we'll just entrenched


that elitist role rather than benefit the people who most need it


which are bright children from disadvantaged families. Unless there


is an element that guarantees people from less well-off backgrounds can


go to the schools I think it's hugely problematic. Theresa May as a


very small majority, is hugely popular amongst Conservative MPs,


but whether in fact she would need a new law and whether a majority of 12


would be enough to get that through Parliament is a big question. One of


the arguments in favour of grammar schools is that for those lucky


enough to go to them, they are an engine of social mobility. They have


helped people get on, get into parliament and even become Prime


Minister. Theresa May went to a grammar school. She alluded to this


in her first speech, she talked about trying to help the less well


off, consideration for people to move them up the social chain. It is


interesting now we are learning about Theresa May bits and bobs


about what she believes in which is kind of interesting how it's coming


out. It is. One story which fascinates people around the world,


a good take on this is inside The Sunday Telegraph. Trump's Beek of


calamities may finally be his downfall, I wouldn't hold my breath


to be honest -- trump's week of calamities. He still seems to be the


Republican nominee, what do you make of that Prashant? It is dangerous to


suggest this might be the week that is the end of Donald Trump. That may


have been last week, the week before or the week before that. Or next


week. It's so hard to tell. What further calamities can befall his


campaign, we don't know but he still soldiers on. It's amazing. These


ones are just in a nutshell, he didn't endorse the leading


Republican in the country, the Speaker of the House of


Representatives for real election. He did endorse him, then there were


comments he made about the family of a Muslim service man killed in


action. Along with the comments it is the intransigence in the face of


the opposition to the comments and the refusal to back down. When


you... When you put it in a list of things that have happened, it is


kind of remarkable. There was a great list I read which is Donald


Trump got into a feud with a crying baby. It's got incredible at this


point. Politicians are supposed to kiss babies! LAUGHTER The Telegraph


talks about women in his top teen comedy any person he mentions is his


daughter Ivanka and he didn't seem to be aware of Russia had taken over


the Crimean peninsula. He said Russia wouldn't be invading the


Ukraine any time soon! Apart from the fact as journalists this is the


gift that keeps on giving, Gerald Ford years ago when talking about


Poland and not knowing it was a member of the Warsaw Pact, that


seemed to finish him. He is the Energizer Bunny, he keeps going.


There is a view in the world now that, I don't care what the papers


say or the BBC says, we've got our view and if we like them, there's


nothing you can say, it's all a conspiracy, and I'm sure he didn't


mean that! If you like Donald Trump they really like Donald Trump in the


United States. He has still got a huge residual support. On that note,


let's move on to the Olympics. Adam Peaty, it's great that he beat his


own world record. He hasn't won the medal yet, we hate later today he


might. Endless fascination with this. -- we hope later today he


might. It's great what he's done. From my perspective, because of all


the things happening in Rio and around the world it's not as


enthusiastic a time to be excited about the Olympics. The


infrastructure problems, the chaos in Brazilian politics and the


craziness in the world generally, I feel like this Olympics is not the


kind of... Let me go on the others. The Observer has got "Russia faces


ban from the Paralympics" and The Sunday Times has got an excellent


story, Rio Olympics rocked by new doping scandal. That's part of it.


The Olympics brand, however much we enjoyed the Games, we want to see


athletes compete fairly and we wanted to be clean. We get endless


stories, The Sunday Times has great journalism on this. So many people


cheat but we can't take on face value but the winners are the best?


That is a problem. One of the any ways around that is to see a massive


expansion of testing and where everyone who wins a medal gets


tested immediately so you know all the winners are clean. The Sunday


Times has returned a lot of great work on this in the past and it's


gone to a Kenyan official called Major Michael Rotich, a sting when


they have asked him if he would introduce us to people who can get


surround doping rules. Apparently for ?10,000 he said he would do


that. He he was only playing along but it looks like serious


allegations and a huge potential for corruption. One of the problems the


paper 's face is because of the time difference, we four hours ahead,


it's difficult for them to look current on the Olympics in the way


the BBC can. Because the deadlines of papers tend to be temp Yemen on a


Saturday night, maybe midnight. A lot of the big events happen at 2am.


A lot of the Sunday papers have lots of big pieces on the opening


ceremony which seems like a long time ago! It seems like ancient


history! Wythall sport now, with Lance Armstrong and cycling, with


Fifa, and now we've got this. We want sport to be clean and we want


to believe in something good. The Sunday Times has an editorial, 2016


the year of the doping Olympics. What is normally a really wonderful


sporting event where everyone gets very excited and lots of emotional


things happen, it doesn't feel like this is going to happen this year.


It feels like everything will be a bit tainted by the idea that are


these guys clean. Especially when you know a lot of them aren't clean


and what they have to give up in order to do this, is extraordinary.


The dedication of someone like Peaty to set a world record is


extraordinary. Equally extraordinary is the idea he just gave a thumbs


up. He clearly expects to do a lot better than this and probably break


the world record again. His family sounded incredibly grounded. His


father said Sheffield was the furthest he's been, and suddenly


he's in Rio watching his son. We tend to judge this through the prism


of British success. British people do really well, fantastic. If they


do less well, I suspect will be less interested! LAUGHTER Fingers crossed


for Adam Peaty. Thanks to Vincent Moss


and Prashant Rao. Just a reminder we take a look


at tomorrows front pages every evening at 10:30 and 11:30


here on BBC News.


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